artificial sweeteners


This category of nonnutritive, high-intensity sugar substitutes includes acesulfame-k, aspartame, neotame, saccharin and sucralose.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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Sweeteners: Artificial Varieties

Everyone knows those little pastel packets at restaurants and coffee shops -- the artificial or no-calorie sweeteners. We see descriptions like "substitute," "natural" and "made from sugar" attached to these food additives, but what does it all mean? There is more to these "sweets" than meets the eye.

Another Reason to Pass on Artificial Sweeteners

New research is giving us another reason to question the safety of artificial sweeteners. Researchers concluded that artificial sweeteners may be contributing to diseases like obesity and diabetes. It may be another reason you should swap the pink or blue packet of the artificial stuff for something more natural.

Artificial Food Coloring: Good or Bad?

Sure, artificial food coloring makes food look more appealing, but they also contain plenty of chemicals. Are they safe? Learn more about what these food additives are made of and where to find (and avoid) them.

Monk Fruit Sweeteners

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Natural Sweeteners: Information and Uses

An in-depth look at natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, agave and coconut sugar.

Nutrition News: Added-Sugar Labeling, Mediterranean Diet Benefits, Panera Bread Slices 150 Artificial Ingredients

Mars, Inc. isn’t so sweet on added sugars, a study reveals the brain-boosting benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and Panera Bread boots 150 artificial ingredients off of their menu.

Nutrition News: NYC Salt Proposal, "Healthy" Foods to Skip, Real vs. Artificial Sugar

NYC proposes restaurant salt warnings, diet experts shun these "healthy" foods, and artificial sugar may fail to satisfy.

Why You Need Sweetened Condensed Milk in Your Pantry

Milk in a can? You better believe it, since this all-star staple shines in satisfying sweet treats.

Is This Syrup the Next Trendy Sweetener?

Yacon syrup been dubbed a "game-changer" for slow metabolism -- and social media is exploding with promises of weight loss. But is the syrup worth the hype?